Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In music: That branch of polyphonic composition which concerns the correct combination with one another of the several voice-parts; counterpoint (in the modern sense).
- n. The sum of the relations of the voice-parts of a particular piece to each other; the melodies of the several voice-parts taken collectively.
“He treated dissonance boldly, even on occasion using the augmented 6th and octave, though always in a context of smooth part-writing.”
“The first thing Cope coded into his program was the rules of basic part-writing.”
“The point is that the development of musical knowledge (rise of part-writing, increased interest in instrumental music, etc.), demanded a more exact system of notation than had previously existed, just as the development of science in the nineteenth century necessitated a more accurate scientific nomenclature, and in both cases the need gave rise to the result as we have it to-day.”
“The fermata was first used in imitative part-writing to show where each part was to stop, but with the development of harmonic writing the present practice was inaugurated.”
“This change was made because the development of writing music in several parts (particularly _harmonic_ part-writing) made necessary a "leading tone," _i. e._, a tone with a strong tendency to move on up to the key-tone as a closing point.”
“Themes, part-writing and harmony are closely bound up in one another, and harmony is not the least important.”
“One can see what Purcell had gained by his study of Italian part-writing for strings, but he could not help penning picturesque phrases.”
“In several of the sonatas the part-writing strikes one as being somewhat poor and meagre; in others there is, to the modern ear,”
“The form is concise and symmetrical, the part-writing is clear and well-balanced, and a "sunny sweetness" is the prevailing mood.”
“There is a capital bit of patriotism on page 118, which deserves quoting, first, because at the time it was entirely justifiable; secondly, because it shews us that in 1667, instrumental music had at last decidedly parted company with vocal part-writing, and had an independent existence.”
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